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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

933 Ratings
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Ratings: 933
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 45
Gots: 105 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Summer seasonal, Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian-style Golden Ale with a Southeast Asian twist. Instead of using candi sugar (typical for such a beer), we use rice in the mash to lighten the body and increase the gravity, and spice with Thai Basil. The result is an aromatic, digestible and complex beer made for a lazy summer evening.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-25-2008)
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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber gold hazy beer with a fat head that draped tons of lace inside my glass

S: gotta be the basil - has a vegetal/herbal aroma that dominates the nose

T: the rice and basil make for a fairly vegetal tripel; the fruitiness common to tripels is subdued; there is some malty sweetness underneath, but this is not a particularly sweet tripel

M: fizzy carbonation, light-medium body; mediocre aftertaste (I'm gonna use the word "vegetal" again)

O: I love tripels and enjoy any beer that expands my tripel horizons - this is an interesting beer that tastes different but it is still enjoyable. That said, it is not necessarily what I want when I'm in the mood for a tripel, but it is worth the buy and try.

Addendum: the beer happened to have warmed very nicely and it grew on my palate, and by the end of my drink, I was really enjoying it.

Greywulfken, Aug 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

campfirebrew, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

tclapper, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

mtbdonn, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

bepps, Feb 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

bkny27, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

JohnQVD, Jun 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Spaz7, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

CWhite, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

kevgod, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with an off-white head. Head falls to a very small one. Thinnest of lace.

Smells like a typical Belgian Triple. Aroma of Belgian yeast with mild basil notes. Should be good.

Nice Belgian triple taste. Yeast as you'd expect with a mild alcohol taste. As it warms the basil comes through, interesting.

Medium to full bodied in the mouth with a big bite. Bit of a boozy mouthfeel.

I like it. Basil is subtle but adds something. Good beer.

dstc, Feb 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

ShanePB, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

JonIrabagon, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of mooseo
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into tulip.

A - Clear golden yellow with fast streams of bubbles and a huge foamy white head.

S - Sweet bread, banana, Belgian yeast, basil, a hint of clove and pepper. Mmm.

T - Bready malts initially, with basil and other herbal spices coming into the forefront. Light fruit, Belgian yeast, and grassy notes are evident. Finish is spicy with a slight earthy hop bitterness.

M - Very smooth and slick, light and refreshing. High carbonation with a dry finish.

O - An interesting and enjoyable rendition of a Belgian tripel. The thai basil and rice really compliment the Belgian yeast and fruit elements. This beer would pair beautifully with salmon and other meat/seafood.

mooseo, Sep 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

jcone17, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellowish/orange with a head that puffs up real big and decompresses as quickly.

Peppery, basal, rice, candied malts. Smells interesting, a cross between BUFF saison and Uncommon Brewers.

Tastes like a great Tripel with some thai Basal in it.

Does not taste like 8.1, deceptively smooth.

Murchmac, Aug 03, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2%

JohneHoodlum, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

FutureJack, Feb 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

allouez86, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

KevSal, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

pathman, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Tjmurray386, Jun 24, 2014
Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 933 ratings.